Today in Telluride we learned a lot about honest disclosure from Dr. David Mayer, negotiation from Paul Levy, and reliability/ safety culture from John Nance. At many times throughout the day I was wowed to be in the presence of individuals who I have looked up to and called upon during my study of the U.S. healthcare system.
However, most importantly today (as with many day #2’s in summer camp culture) was the day that our class of participants really began to gel as a group. Throughout the day, I engaged in meaningful, poignant conversations surrounding patient safety and our culture as a system with various classmates. This experience made me step back and reflect on how grateful I am to be surrounded by likeminded, passionate individuals that are as dedicated to patient safety as I am. Although I have many friends and colleagues in medical school that are supportive… Continue reading
To kick off our Telluride experience, today we watched Helen Haskell recount the tragic story of her son’s death at the hands of the healthcare system in From Tears to Transparency: the Story of Lewis Blackman. While watching the film, Dr. Tim McDonald offered a great pearl of wisdom about arriving at a diagnosis. He said to always ask “what’s the worst thing it could be?” when piecing together a clinical puzzle in order to avoid premature closure and confirmation bias. As a rising second-year medical student, this advice resonates with me and I will carry this story and this advice with me as an example of how things can go awry when we lose sight of the importance of keeping an open mind and looking at all of the clinical clues.
I think Dr. McDonald’s advice rings just as true is in the realm of team… Continue reading